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Health

Odds are high you're going to need your survival supplies in the next few years

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In 2020 at the onset of the covid pandemic scare and right before the lockdowns I'll never forget going on a grocery run on a Friday afternoon only to find near empty roads and near empty stores. The few other people shopping had a glassy stare in their eyes, like they were dazed or shell-shocked. For me and those I know that prep, it was just another day; for those that hadn't prepped it was a nightmare of uncertainty.

In Montana we didn't pay much heed to the lockdowns after the first month. In three months everything was basically back to normal except for the mask mandates which most people ignored. With more data available on the virus it was clear that the chance of death was greatly exaggerated. What scared us far more was the pervasive talk of vaccine passports in 2021. The proposed state and federal restrictions on people that refused to take the jab were familiar - This was the beginning of full blown tyranny unless we stood firm.

In the meantime there was a public rush to buy up as many necessities as they could afford. And of course, the covid stimulus measures helped to trigger a stagflationary crisis that had already been building in the US for many years.

Comment: And all the above is to say nothing of the "predicted" Disease X. So get a good store of supplements, antibiotics, etc. too, if you can.


Attention

Emergency statement on the health and human rights crisis in the West Bank

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© Mohammed Nasser/APA ImagesA view of the destruction in the area revealed following the withdrawal of the Israeli army from Jenin refugee camp, May 23, 2024.
Alongside the catastrophe in Gaza, another crisis is unfolding in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where the Israeli military has launched land incursions, conducted airstrikes, restricted access to resources, and targeted health infrastructure.

Over the past few months, the Israeli military assault in Gaza has killed and injured more than 100,000 people and has decimated health care, education, and housing infrastructure. While international attention has been focused on the catastrophe in Gaza, another crisis is unfolding in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Since October 7, 2023, more than 544 Palestinians have been killed (including 126 children) and over 5,200 injured (including 800 children) by the Israeli military and Jewish settlers in Jerusalem and the West Bank (6/16/24). The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner decries "day after day of unprecedented bloodshed...The killing, destruction and widespread human rights violations are unacceptable, and must cease immediately. Israel must not only adopt but enforce rules of engagement that are fully in line with applicable human rights norms and standards."

Comment: Goes to show that Israel certainly doesn't need the pretense of eliminating Hamas to perpetrate, en masse, the wanton destruction of Palestinian lives and property


TV

Germany's economy is descending into chaos - and it will take the rest of the eurozone down with it

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
© Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFPFILE: The coalition government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been accused of overseeing Germany's demise.
It is now little more than a "developing country". Its stock market is a "junk shop" selling old tat. And its reputation as a place to do business has "never been so bad'. In the middle of the UK's dismal election campaign, it would be easy to imagine that Britain was the country under discussion.

But Theodor Weimer, the head of the once mighty Deutsche Börse, was describing his native Germany.


Comment: Wiki: 'Deutsche Börse is a German multinational corporation that offers a marketplace for organizing the trading of shares and other securities. [..] generated a turnover of €114.19 billion in May.'


And he was absolutely right. After a series of catastrophic policy mistakes by centrist leaders, there is no way back for Germany - and its decline is only going to accelerate from here.

In a speech to Bavarian business leaders delivered back in April, but only made public when it was posted on YouTube this week, Weimer certainly didn't mince his words. A country that prided itself on its efficiency, that saw itself as the engine of Europe and boasted of its formidable export machine was, as he put it, slipping to third world status.

Comment: It's perhaps no coincidence that the most ardent warmongers are also overseeing economies that are deteriorating the fastest:


Bad Guys

Wave of suicide bomb attacks strike Nigeria; 1 female had a baby and bomb attached at wedding

Nigerian Vice President Kashim Shettima
© Audu MARTENigerian Vice President Kashim Shettima visited survivors of the attack
The death toll from multiple suicide bombings in the northeastern Nigerian town of Gwoza over the weekend has risen to 32, the country's vice president Kashim Shettima said Monday.

Saturday's attacks involving female suicide bombers targeting a wedding, a hospital and a funeral was one of the worst in northeast Nigeria in years, a reminder of the darker days of the country's long-running struggle with jihadist militants.

"So far, 32 people lost their lives. Forty-two (injured) were brought from Gwoza," Shettima said, visiting a hospital in the Borno State capital Maiduguri where some of the wounded were being treated.

Comment: WION reports of the suicide attack seemingly carried out by a mother:


It's perhaps no coincidence that elsewhere terror attacks, assassination attempts, and coups, have surged in just the past few months; because it's likely to be the same factions who are, ultimately, responsible for most, if not all, of them: See also:


No Entry

Turkish airport 'refuses' to refuel Israeli plane after landing

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© Murad Sezer/ReutersFILE: Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Israeli media are claiming that Turkish authorities informed the Foreign Ministry that the plane would be permitted to refuel, but this did not happen.
Following an emergency landing in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday, an Israeli El AI flight was denied refueling. Turkish personnel at Antalya Airport refused to refuel airplane LY5102 before it took off for "Israel", Israeli media reported.

"Local workers refused to refuel the company's plane, even though it was a medical case," the report stated, adding that the jet flew to Rhodes, Greece, where "it will refuel before taking off to Israel," according to the airline.

Turkish diplomatic sources confirmed that the jet was permitted to make an emergency landing to evacuate an ill passenger.

"Fuel was to be provided to the plane due to humanitarian considerations, but as the relevant procedure was about to be completed, the captain decided to leave of his own accord," according to a Turkish diplomat.

Comment: When all diplomatic efforts fail, righteous nations may be forced to make tough decisions and treat Israel as the pariah state that it evidently chooses to be:


Chart Bar

Takeaways from Iran's record-low Presidential vote with no winner

electoral posters of moderate candidate Masud Pezeshkian (left) and hard-line hopeful Saeed Jalili in Tehran.
Young women flouting the mandatory Islamic head scarf walk past electoral posters of moderate candidate Masud Pezeshkian (left) and hard-line hopeful Saeed Jalili in Tehran.
The Islamic republic of Iran witnessed its lowest presidential-election turnout ever on June 28, when only around 40 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots.

None of the four candidates cleared to run in the election managed to secure enough votes to be declared the outright winner.

Reformist lawmaker Masud Pezeshkian, who took 42.5 percent of the vote, and ultraconservative former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, who won 38.6 percent, will face off in a second round of voting on July 5 that will determine the next president of Iran.

The historic low turnout came despite calls by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for voters to show up in droves to cast their ballots, arguing that the "durability, strength, dignity, and reputation of the Islamic republic" were on the line.

Turnout in major elections has been declining since 2020, but opinion polls carried out in Iran had suggested that this election would not be as bad as the 2021 presidential election, which saw a then-record-low turnout of 48.8 percent.

The low turnout is "obviously a sign of the decreasing legitimacy of the Islamic republic," said Farzan Sabet, a senior research associate at the Geneva Graduate Institute.

Comment: See also:


Light Saber

US Supreme Court rules in favor of Jan. 6 Capitol protest participant who challenged obstruction conviction

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© AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, FileProtesters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. (
The challenge was brought by Joseph Fischer, one of more than 300 people charged with obstruction by the Justice Department

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of a participant in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot who challenged his conviction for a federal "obstruction" crime.

In a 6-3 decision, the high court held to a narrower interpretation of a federal statute that imposes criminal liability on anyone who corruptly "alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object's integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding."

The ruling reverses a lower court decision, which the high court said swept too broadly into areas like peaceful but disruptive conduct, and returns the case to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, who will have the opportunity to reassess the case with Friday's ruling in mind.

Bullseye

Tractor Supply reverses course, backs out of woke initiatives after conservative backlash

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© Paul Weaver / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images
Tractor Supply, a rural retailer known for selling farming equipment, announced on social media this week that it was reversing course on woke initiatives after facing backlash from conservative activists online.

The company faced potentially having to deal with the same fallout of other major corporations that embraced wokeness, including Anheuser-Busch and Target.

"Every day our 50,000 Team Members take care of our customers like family," the company said in a statement. "We deeply value our relationship with our customers and the communities we call home."

The company said it had invested millions of dollars in conservative causes, including "veteran causes, emergency response, animal shelters, state fairs, rodeos and farmers markets."

Comment: The backstory:






Cheese

French elections: Nationalist party wins first round, socialist party comes second, Macron's 'centrist' party third

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According to initial estimates, the Rassemblement National and its allies got more than a third of the votes, while the left-wing Nouveau Front Populaire alliance bested the supporters of President Emmanuel Macron.

The far-right Rassemblement National made historic progress in the first round of France's snap legislative elections on Sunday, June 30, in a vote marked by a high increase in turnout. With 33.5% of the vote together with its allies, according to initial estimates, the party led by Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella almost doubled its score from the 2022 elections, as it hopes to conquer power for the first time.

President Emmanuel Macron, who called the snap elections on June 9 after his side's defeat in the European elections, sees his coalition rank third, with 20.7%, as the alliance of left-wing parties, the Nouveau Front Populaire, reached 28.1%, according to the initial estimates from Ipsos Talan for France Télévisions, Radio France, France24/RFI and LCP Assemblée Nationale.

Comment: Historically what has happened is that the other big parties have conspired to defeat as many nationalist candidates in the second round as possible. Whether that works again this time remains to be seen...


Propaganda

Best of the Web: Widely reported Palestinian father-son 'rape' confession contradicted by piles of evidence

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© The Daily MailThe Daily Mail's lurid headline of confessions to crimes that likely were never committed.
Alleged "confessions" by two Palestinians in Israeli custody filmed seemingly admitting to multiple rapes, murders, and kidnappings on October 7, do not match the events of that day, are contradicted by copious evidence, and were likely coerced through torture. US and British media are running with the stories regardless.

On May 23, 2024, Britain's Daily Mail published what it described as "exclusive" interrogation tapes it had been handed by Israeli intelligence. The Murdoch-owned tabloid claimed the supposed confessions exposed a pair of "father and son Hamas rapists" who had admitted "going house to house carrying out sex attacks and murder." The proof of this apparent bombshell story consisted of two short snippets of heavily edited footage in which a wide-eyed Palestinian father and son are shown confessing to raping, killing, and kidnapping Israeli civilians from Kibbutz Nir Oz in Israel on October 7th.

In the videos, the pair, listed by the Daily Mail as "Shameless Jamal Hussein Ahmad Radi, 47, and his son Abdallah, 18," seemingly admit to heinous crimes including a double homicide, kidnapping a mother and daughter, gangraping and murdering a woman, and kidnapping an Israeli resident.